I am very fond of Hydrangeas but with the hot dry weather I'm having trouble keeping them from wilting. I water them just often enough and with JUST enough water to revive them overnight. Poor Hydrangeas do their best to bloom in spite of all. These Annabelles are along the front fence. The whites are more vigorous than the pink and are crowding them; next Spring the white ones will have to be dug back a bit.
The Endless Summer is up against the house and in the shade most of the day. It has blooms in shades of pink and blue.
In the back of our lot, in the area we call the wild area are the old blue ones, the first we ever got. In this area are the composters and way in the corner the Pigeon's cage. I've mentioned this bird before. She was found on the parking lot at the Condo/Townhouse Complex my son manages. We think she must have hit a window and was stunned. Anyway, she is banded and tame enough for the little man to take out and "play" with then catch and put back in her cage. We had to clip her wings a bit when she started to fly over to the neighbours!
Here in another corner in front of the kids playhouse and DH's shop are 2 pink Hydrangeas. The one on the left is being covered with the Boston Ivy that covers the arbour . I must get in there with my cutters one of these days. The blue garbage can serves as yet another water"barrel".
On a totally different subject... we bought 18 pounds of lovely cherries this morning. Last year we drove to the Okanagan and picked over 50 lbs but it is even hotter there than here and we just couldn't face the drive up in this heat this year. We need more than this so if by chance the weather cools in the next while we'll still go. Otherwise I'll go back to the fruit & veg market and buy another box.
Yes, those three little jars are cherry jam.